Bush-turkey – anyone for a barbie?
The bustard has been high on my list of birds I’d like to see in Oz ever since I discovered it lived here (confession – I’d always thought it was an African bird).
I got to see this one on my trip up to Exmouth. I hoped to see one there, but came across this one quite by chance and not where I was expecting it. It was very early in the morning, and it was just strolling down the middle of the road.
It’s nick-name is bush-turkey (not to be mistaken with a brush-turkey) and I think it’s neck looks pretty turkey-like in this picture. It’s another Australian bird which is perfect for cartoons (like pelicans, emus and penguins). It really isn’t a perfect design for flying.
The bustard is protected from hunting now, except for the aborigines who are still able to hunt and eat them as it’s part of their culture. It features in their ‘Dreamtime’ stories and sometimes in their dreamtime artwork. Sadly, bustards don’t live in the area where I live so I’ll have to wait until another holiday to see one again.